Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Love Undercover #3
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 441 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (September 24, 2013)
An alpha hero’s attraction to the one woman he can’t have could draw him into a killer’s snare in the sizzling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.
Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted.
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Lori Foster’s book Getting Rowdy is the third book in the Love Undercover series, although it can be read as a stand alone novel. This book follows the story of Rowdy, new owner of a formerly seedy bar and Avery, his bartender. Like all Lori Foster books, the sex is steamy and frequent, but the book doesn’t scrimp on plot – which is why I keep coming back to her books.
In Getting Rowdy, both Avery and Rowdy are chased by old demons while at the same time dealing with the reality of their attraction for each other. I loved the realism with which the author deals with the attraction in particular – Avery knows she’s going to get burned by Rowdy, but also knows she’s going to eventually succumb. There’s no self-deceit about it. So refreshing! Rowdy’s demons are very believable, and while Avery’s stretched my ability to suspend my disbelief a bit, it did keep me reading.
Foster includes updates on the previous Love Undercover couples as well. Logan, Pepper, Alice and Reese are all here. For fans of the series it’s a nice addition. We also get to meet Cannon – a new character who will undoubtedly get his own story as well.
The only reason this book got four hearts instead of five was because I felt Avery to be a bit passive in her own life. She is directed by the strong males around her and doesn’t strongly stand on her own feet. She makes a comment early on about how until Rowdy, she was just surviving as opposed to living. She gets a bit irritating that way. In addition, she falls in love with Rowdy and begins a relationship with him while at the same time demanding no commitment whatsoever – she just calmly accepts that he is going to drop her at some point in the future. It would have been nice if she had been a bit fiercer than that and fought for what she deserved.
“Mmm.” She moved enough to wind her arms around his neck. “You’re a warm, heavy blanket, and you smell so good.”
He’d just made the biggest sexual faux pas of his life, yet Rowdy realized he was smiling. He touched her cheek and knew if he lived to be a hundred, the picture of her across his desk, replete and so damn sexy, would be emblazoned on his brain forever.